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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Today I went to the grocery store and bought a crapton of fruit and veggies. I didn't stray from my list except to get a Valentine's Day card and some lube because we're still trying to experiment on the best ways to make things nice and easy. (Her's...erm...well-endowed.) Sorry for that TMI. The only other straying was just buying some tilapia, turkey burgers, and the whole bunch of fruits and veggies. I'm proud of myself. I checked calories, I bought food for the meal I'm going to cook for my boyfriend and I for Valentine's Day. I bought cookie ingredients.

Cookies, yeah. I'm going to bake cookies today. One batch are plain sugar cookies which I'm going to bring to one of his friends when we hang out tomorrow. And the other batch are S'mores Cookies for my boyfriend. I'm going to work really hard tomorrow to not binge but it's going to be hard because we just play video games the entire time.

I lost my driver's license a while back at an anime convention. I totally forgot I didn't have it and so I had to reschedule my interview. Thankfully I got it in for tomorrow. I got my license today. I think I'm going to make it a goal to increasingly look as miserable as possible in my photos for my license. While I was there I stopped in at the tabletop game shop I used to hang out at and play D&D and caught up with the guy who owns it. Next Tuesday one of my old friends who was the DM for my first D&D game goes there to play HeroClix so I'm going to stop in and visit him which will be VERY nice. I miss those guys.

I had to call my step-dad to ask about what to look for when picking mangos and oranges. It was really nice. I love him a lot. He's been the only father figure in my life since my parents got divorced and he filled that role nicely. He's my dad. There's no doubt about it. It made me feel grown up, like someone who just moved out and still needs to call mom or dad to ask for advice. And it also reminded me just how much a father Alan is to me and how much I love him and miss him.

They never got married and they broke up in about 2007 or a bit earlier but he's still my dad and my mom is okay with that. He's been fantastic. I always cry happy tears when I think about and talk about him. He raised me. He accepted me. He helped me be who I am. He showed me it was okay to be a tomboy and he nourished that. Took me to baseball games, went to every game and even practice. He was diagnosed with Hep C and even those the meds made his leg hurt like hell he still sucked it up, never winced, and still took us to games, to the mall, etc.

That was really the highlight of my day. I miss him. He gives backbreaking hugs. He helped toughen me up. He didn't coddle me.

Anyway, I just wanted to share some good news!

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DKELLEY35 2/9/2011 6:49PM

    Good for you, you did an excellant job shopping, just concentrate on playing games and you should be okay. Your stepdad sounds like an exceptional man, you are very lucky to have him in your life.

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Am I Doing This Right?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I basically lost two pounds overnight because I starved myself a bit from 9 PM (when I had dinner) to 4 AM when I went to bed. I started craving a tuna salad sandwich around like 3:30 PM but I had already taken my meds and I was going to go to bed soon so I didn't eat anything.

Iím starving this morning and Iím going to have a measured bowl of cereal and a glass of milk.

Iím still eating right and exercising but Iím pretty sure I can lose 5 lbs a week.

Is it still to restrict if Iím still exercising and eating right? I mean I have no more than 1500 calories a day. I eat for my activity level which yesterday was sedentary because I felt like crap.

Iíve gone from 235 to 231 in nearly one week.

I did the calculations last night. If I lose 5 lbs a week it will take me 14 weeks to reach my goal weight instead of it taking into October. I think I can honestly lose 5 lbs a week and have it still be healthy because of all the fat on my body. My body fat percentage was like 48%. Thatís disgusting. So is it that bad if Iím burning fat but Iím still building muscle? I mean I know I donít get all the nutrients I need but thatís because we donít really have too much healthy food around the house right now.

I'm afraid I might become an exercise bulimic. I already binge eat but I haven't binged in a good long time. But I love doing the strength training. The cardio is more frustrating because of my asthma and my large breasts but the strength training is fun.

Ah well. Hopefully going to get through my to do list today.

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KAKIPOPUP 2/12/2011 5:37AM

    People who have a lot of weight to lose often do lose a lot of weight at the beginning - it will taper off as you move along. I think part of the reason is that when one weighs more, one burns more calories just moving around the weight decreases, so does the BMR - plus, if one is eating to support that weight, it is relatively simple and painless to cut lots of calories each day. But there is a calorie floor, below which lies unhealth, so the loss tapers off after a point -

Try to love the Non-Scale Victories (NSV's) as well as the pounds lost - that is what will keep you going! emoticon

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CHIKADEE09 2/11/2011 5:16PM


I have not been getting all my nutrients. At first I was eating with what he had in the house which wasn't much. I went to the grocery store a couple days ago and I got a lot more healthy food. I hope that will help. We don't really have much money which is why I was waiting to go to the grocery store. But, here's hoping I can get things right!

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ROSEMAID 2/11/2011 7:40AM

    All of the below. If you were really experiencing hunger it is your body trying tell you you need more energy. I lost 7 lbs my 1st week but have been shooting for 2 lbs/wk. I've had several plateaus and it is hard to not take them seriously emotionally. You need time to change your focus & your life style. We are all in this for the long haul.

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ATHIMAE 2/9/2011 10:20PM

    Everyone is different, and I've heard of fast weight loss at first and then tapering off to steadier loss. But if I ever feel "starving", little alarms go off in my head. Because you want to make small changes that you can stick to your whole life. And "starving" is not something that you can (or should) stick to. :)

That said, it could be more about needing different or more nutrients than you are getting. Make sure you spend a good amount of time in your nutrition:

On the nutrition page, check the reports and see if you are over or under goal values. Also, you might need to adjust your calorie intake the first few weeks if you are losing too fast - but that would be something to consult a practitioner about.

Lastly, the nutrition articles here might have something that can help:

I wish you the best! You are making changes that will change your life - bit by bit!

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LJR4HEALTH 2/9/2011 7:50PM

    That was a lot of weight in one week which over the long term if you continue could affect your health Much healthier & safer if you lose 1 to 2 pounds a week Remember this isn't a diet but a life style change to be Healthy Good luck

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FREIDAFAGRE 2/9/2011 12:50PM

    Anticipation of weight loss is tricky business. Don't let a sudden loss let you change your goals. The next couple weeks you could lose nothing and get so disappointed!
emoticon Exercise is good for so many things. You are much thinner than I am. I am a leader of Bipolar. Welcome emoticon

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KATTYKATHY 2/9/2011 11:24AM

  Also, side comment, if you are exercising, you can gain weigh from muscle. Measure inches and clothing sizes as well. Center on healthy lifestyle, not the # of pounds. :0)

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GINNJEN2000 2/9/2011 7:48AM

    %lbs is alot in one week. You dont want to burn out to quickly. A reasonable amount would be in the 1-2 range unless you as super super heavy and then you may drop more just by watching your diet and exercising. Also dont forget to rest your body as well this is a neccessary part of it all. Congrats on the 5 lbs down

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WENDYJM4 2/9/2011 12:41AM

    Just be very careful because losing 5lb a week is not a good aim, it is just too high to maintain over a long period. Then when you can't keep it up is when you set yourself up for failure.

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CHIKADEE09 2/8/2011 10:16PM

    Thank you all for your comments. It has been surprisingly helpful. This is my first venture out from lurking and I appreciate it! You guys are awesome.

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TAZZIEGIRL 2/8/2011 9:56PM

    I lost a lot when I first started and stupidly thought it would go on forever like that. Of course then I hit my first plateau. Instead of sticking to my correct calorie intake I adjusted it to a lower level thinking this would kick start my system again. Like others have said instead it makes your body go into starvation mode and hoard everything. It was just a plateau and you will hit them along the way so just be patient and continue to follow the guidelines and it will pass and you will lose again.

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GYPSYROSEANN 2/8/2011 7:44PM

    When I first started losing weight, I did drop that kind of weight at first. But, as my body adjusted to the smaller me, the weight loss slowed down. Just use the trackers, eat a balanced nutritional diet, exercise, and forget "dieting." Stick with the Spark plan and you'll lose weight! emoticon

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TIGGERJEAN 2/8/2011 6:09PM

    Woah! 1 or 2 pounds a week is the most you can loose with a healthy lifestyle. I've tried the whole "eat less exercise more" and it does NOT lead to consistent weight loss! In fact, when I started working out more than I was tracking, I ended up on a major plateau because I wasn't eating enough!

Love yourself...your body is an AMAZING machine and it needs care and proper nourishment. You WILL see results! Ultimately, having a healthy lifestyle will make you energetic and active...and that is what will keep the weight off!

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LHLADY517 2/8/2011 5:49PM

    Realistically, plan on 1/2 pound loss per week. That way you'll learn new habits as you drop the weight.

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ADALAI 2/8/2011 5:43PM

    I agree with Goddessellie.

Aiming for five lbs a week, is to high, and dangerous in truth. Once you start to starve, your metabolism itself messes, up, and hits that starvation mode, which means it eats its own muscle, and stores the fat.

Water weight, not actual fat loss, and at the start, because you are changing habits themselves, you will see the scale flux a lot. It's not uncommon for folks to see themselves actually gain water weight after upping their strength training, because the muscles retain water to heal and then the next week see a 'big' loss.

Eat a lot of salt, and the scale goes back up. Eat at a certain time of day, and it might flux as well. It's all part of retraining the body to know that food is plentiful and will be there. And retraining the mind to get out of the diet mindset, and realize its a lifestyle change.

One of the things, that actually shocked me was you have to eat to be able to lose, like if you get underneath your calories, your body will start to switch over to that survival mode and you stop losing weight. Even though you are hitting 1200 calories. emoticon emoticon

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CHIKADEE09 2/8/2011 2:51PM

    "Right now, since you just began losing weight, you will lose more.'

That I did not know! That makes a lot more sense. Thanks.

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GODDESSELLIE07 2/8/2011 2:49PM

    Aiming to lose 5 pounds in one week is NOT healthy! You would need to create a deficit of 2,500 calories every day... the healthy way is to create a deficit of 500-1,000 calories every day. If you starve your body of fuel (aka. food), it will shut down. It will go into starvation mode and you will not lose any weight. Right now, since you just began losing weight, you will lose more. This is because of water weight, not actual fat lose. Please don't set your sights too high, you will just set yourself up for disappointment and, eventually, failure.

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